Members of the Public Safety Committee were divided over which ambulance service should be granted the exclusive franchise agreement for operating an ambulance service in Weakley County, during Tuesday morning’s meeting.
A motion by District 3 Commissioner James Roy Pope to retain Weakley County Ambulance Service resulted in a tie vote, with commissioners Pope, Eric Owen and Scott Fortner casting “yes” votes and commissioners David Hawks, Jack Vincent and David Bell voting “no” on the motion. Since there was no majority, the motion failed.
Next, Commissioner Hawks moved to award the contract to Medical Center EMS (West Tennessee Healthcare), which recently purchased Volunteer Hospital in Martin.
The vote was the same, with three for and three against the motion.
When it became obvious that the six-member committee was deadlocked, it was decided to send the matter to the full Weakley County Commission for its consideration. The Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19.
(See complete story in the November 7th issue of the Dresden Enterprise.)